An Enchanting Wedding…

…among the Redwoods.

We were expecting to see Legolas, Haldir, Elrond, Arwen, or Galadriel come out from behind a Redwood and join us in celebrating the wedding of Ben and Kristin. Maybe even an Ewok…


The wedding was held at the Bride’s grandparents cabin that they’ve owned for years. Both families spent a lot of weekends preparing the grounds for a wedding.

Ben, the groom, laid the stone for the walkway.

The cross was forged at a family foundry.

The trees were created by God!


The dance floor was built on site.


You can see the setting of the dance floor behind Dear and me!


My cousin Jim and Dear


My cousin Katrina, her daughter Kristen, and her husband Andy.



My cousin Katrina, her daughter Kristen, and my cousin Vera.


Jeaneen is married to my cousin Jim and this is her sister Kathy.


Kathy and me.


The groom Ben with his mom and dad.

Jim and Jeanie’s other 2 sons Jeff and Tim escorting their mom.


My cousin Jim

Here comes the groom…I mean

Here comes the bride!

So lovely.

The groom fighting back the tears!


Married at last.


Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Bogdanof!




Kathy B. reminded me that the bride thought to use these tree log rounds as trivets for the cake stands.

It was a creative effort by both families and the bride and groom to create this magical night for their wedding.

I’m glad you made it all the way through this long post. I’m headed to Canada for a few days and won’t be at the computer. I’ll catch up again late Friday or on the weekend. Blessings!

Photobucket replaced all my photos with ugly black and grey boxes and they are holding my photos hostage until I pay them lots of money. I’m slowly going through all my posts and trying to clean them up and replacing some photos. Such a bother.

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

24 thoughts on “An Enchanting Wedding…

  1. Never in my life have I seen such a spectacular wedding! Gotta pop my eyes back in and close my jaw which dropped!! Totally amazing! What a blessing to be able to do that and that the weather cooperated! May they have a blessed marriage!

  2. It was great to see you and Dear. It made it extra special to have close family there. It was truly a special day. I wanted to give Ben a hankie to wipe his tears of JOY but I held back which is unusual of me.
    Enjoy the trip to Canada.

  3. Wow Ellen – these pictures are wonderful! I’m so grateful that you took these pictures. Thanks for coming all the way from Washington! Have a great time in Canada.

  4. I can tell that some young couple with their families let the creative juices flow. It’s spectacular…How wonderful for you to have captured the event through your eyes and sharing it with all of us.
    See you soon!

  5. What lovely photos – thank you for sharing – that cross is breathtaking.
    So, you’re part of the mystery that’s happening up in the Abbotsford area….I’ll be reading with interest.

  6. Thanks so much for forwarding these great pictures of Ben and Kristin’s magical wedding. Everything turned out so beautiful. You all should be proud that it got pulled off so well!!! Were there any bugs??? Congratulations Jeanie and Jim!!! You have a lovely new daughter-in-law!! Love you!!!

  7. What a beautiful setting in the great woods of Northern California! Each photo tells the story of a family who worked together to make the day so special! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Hello Ellen B!

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more beautiful wedding in my entire life and what memories they’ve created for themselves…awe is all I can say ;-).

    Have a lovely time in Canada. I wish I could go with you.
    xoxo cori g.

  9. What a beautiful setting for a wedding! I’m reminded of something Elizabeth Goudge has said in her novels, comparing being among tall forest trees to being inside a cathedral with its pillars holding up the soaring ceiling and vice versa. It’s true!

  10. Thanks, Ellen, for taking these great pictures. Jeannie sent them to Tim (Kristin’s dad), who forwarded them to us. It was our pleasure to have you and all the guests enjoy our yard, which Tim & Steph, Kristin & Ben, the Bogdanof’s and a number of friends turned into the fairyland in which this most beautiful wedding took place. We never dreamed that our old place could be transformed into such beauty.
    Frank & Betty Willems

  11. Vilka underbara bilder och att ha ett bröllop utomhus i denna vackra natur måste ha varit helt fantastiskt.
    Jag hopas ni får många fina år tillsammans i vått och torrt
    Stora gratulationer till er båda. Kommer ni till Sverige någon gång så är vårt hem öppet för er.

  12. Swedish to English translation
    What wonderful pictures and to have an outdoor wedding in this beautiful nature must have been absolutely fantastic.
    I hope you get a lot of good years together through thick and thin
    Congratulations to you both. Are you going to Sweden at some time so our home is open to you.

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